Go: Find the type of an object

A simple string

Use the %T flag in the fmt package to get a Go-syntax representation of the type.

var x interface{} = []int{1, 2, 3}
xType := fmt.Sprintf("%T", x)
// Output: []int

A simple choice

Use a type switch to do several type assertions in series.

var x interface{} = 2.3
switch v := x.(type) {
case int:
        fmt.Println("int:", v)
case float64:
        fmt.Println("float64:", v)
// Output: float64: 2.3

Full type information

Use the reflect package if the options above don't suffice.

var x interface{} = []int{1, 2, 3}
xType := reflect.TypeOf(x)
xValue := reflect.ValueOf(x)
fmt.Println(xType, xValue)
// Output: []int [1 2 3] 

In this advanced example, we use reflection to check if a list of interface variables have types corresponding to the parameters of a given function. If so, we call the function with those parameters to check if there is a panic.

// Panics tells if function f panics with parameters p.
func Panics(f interface{}, p ...interface{}) bool {
        fv := reflect.ValueOf(f)
        ft := reflect.TypeOf(f)
        if ft.NumIn() != len(p) {
                panic("wrong argument count")
        pv := make([]reflect.Value, len(p))
        for i, v := range p {
                if reflect.TypeOf(v) != ft.In(i) {
                        panic("wrong argument type")
                pv[i] = reflect.ValueOf(v)
        return call(fv, pv)

func call(fv reflect.Value, pv []reflect.Value) (b bool) {
        defer func() {
                if err := recover(); err != nil {
                        b = true


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